The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway....
It was a frigid 20 degrees, the ground was covered in snow, and the sky was a pasty, anemic grey for the last senior session of the season. Thankfully, Amira, a senior from John Marshall, brought her own sunshine and it led to an AMAZING session!
Amira arrived in great spirits, dressed in an outfit totally on trend this season: a fabulous tweed romper paired with a white blouse with black ribbon trim, a red beret, and black leather gloves with fur cuffs. Her black Ultrasuede boots with a clear lucite heel, were a perfect nod to the ice on the nearby streets.
We worked fast and then took a break to both warm up, and to change into her second outfit: a pink and black hounds tooth miniskirt pared with a black turtleneck and beret. Her outfit was accented with a string of mid-length pearls and a beautiful white faux fur. The picture below was the third from the last click of the day. Dusk was falling and I love the blue tones in the background.
I caught up with Amira a few days after the session and asked if she would be interested in answering a few questions about her session:
If someone you knew expressed that they were nervous about getting their senior photos taken, what advice would you give them?
If someone came to me feeling nervous on getting their senior photos taken, the first thing I would tell them is to relax. Go to the shoot feeling confident and having an attitude and mindset open for different poses and such. Work with your photographer because the bigger the connection you guys share, the better your photos will turn out! lastly, at the end of the day, just make sure you enjoyed your session because you will remember it forever.
What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
My favorite part of the session was how understanding and open Kathleen was to my ideas and how I was for hers. We had such an amazing time even though it was freezing out! She gave me some wonderful tips on poses and showered me with compliments that made me feel comfortable and confident.
Where do you draw your inspiration for fashion?
I draw my inspiration from my fashion icons on Instagram. People dress up on Instagram and I see articles of clothing and I just think, "Wow that is so cute!" the outfit I wore for my senior picture photoshoot was all inspired by my love for tweed. I love tweed so much so, when I saw that romper in the store, I knew it was the one. I spotted the red beret too and I just knew I had formulated the outfit I was meant to see in the yearbook!
What were your favorite images from the session and why?
The images in the slide show below are my favorites from the session. I chose these photos because when I took them, I wasn't trying at all. Some of my other photos were forced because I was trying to smile perfectly or pose just right, but the photos that turned out the best were the ones where I was just being myself.
Ben's mom and dad -assistants for the night!
Ben is a Senior at Mayo High School who is active in Robotics, Science Olympiad and Band. He plans to pursue mechanical engineering in college. We recently had senior photo-shoot downtown. It was definitely one "for the books" as there was the downtown concert series going on called, "Down by the Riverside" and it featured the Gin Blossoms. What great background music for a senior session!
KMP: What advice would you give to a fellow senior who is soon to get their senior photos taken?
Ben: Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, and go into it with a good attitude.
KMP: How did you decide on your location(s)/what to wear?
Ben: Primarily I took advice about good spots from Mrs. Murphy and I looked at what my friends were wearing for their sessions.
KMP: What was your favorite part of the senior photo shoot?
Ben: I liked that I got to enjoy listening to music that was playing from Down By the Riverside during my session.
This looks like it is out in the middle of the countryside, but it was actually taken downtown right by the Civic Center!
KMP: What surprised you about the experience, or what was the most interesting part of the session?
Ben: I thought that I would feel more uncomfortable being in such an active public setting as downtown Rochester than I ended up feeling.
KMP: If you were to recommend this experience to your best friend, what would you say?
Ben: I would explain how Mrs. Murphy treats you as her subject. She not only takes great photos, but does a very good job at making sure that you are comfortable with the situation/scene.
Mom and Dad photobombing Ben!
I photographed Mary back in November of 2017 for her senior photos. I saw during our November session that she easily embodied the quintessential look of "Hollywood Glamour" and invited her to take part in a stylized shoot to compliment the senior photos she already had. Mary and I set aside a date in late March. Then the fun of planning began!
Images were collected for inspiration to create three mood boards: Inspiration,Hair and Makeup.
I contacted my hair and makeup team at LaSata Salon and shared the mood boards with hair stylist, Jodi Lynn and makeup artist, Elena. They were excited to help create the Hollywood Glamour "look".
7:45 a.m. = Early Model call for Makeup and Styling.
Helpful Tip: Always wear a button up shirt so you can easily put on your outfit for the photo shoot without messing up your hair and makeup.
I love my family, cappucino cake, family hugs, giggling babies and sand under my feet....